Did the Soviet Union win the war?

AD Harvey asserts that if we consider the Second World War statistically and geographically, the other Allies' contribution to victory at least rivalled that of the USSR. Later, Richard Overy responds to this claim

Soldiers of the Soviet Union

This article was first published in the August 2008 edition of BBC History Magazine

Since the publication of Richard Overy’s book Russia’s War in 1997 it has been fashionable to assert that the Soviet Union’s contribution to the military defeat of Nazi Germany and her allies far outstripped that of Britain and the United States. At the time of the Battle of El Alamein in October 1942 there were four German divisions in North Africa and 179 in Russia. In late 1944, there were 65 German divisions in north-west Europe opposed to 91 British and American divisions, and 235 German divisions on the Eastern Front opposed to 560 Soviet divisions. At least 70 per cent of German battle casualties occurred on the Eastern Front.

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